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Which Costs More – Singapore vs. Australia

Singapore is often ranked as one of the most expensive cities in the world for Australian expats to live and work in. Working as an Aussie expat in Singapore can be one of the most financially rewarding moves you’ll make, but it’s important to watch your spending. This week we compare the cost of living [...]

Why Aussie Expats Should Be On LinkedIn

Australia truly is the lucky country. With its beautiful white sandy beaches, love of all sports and outdoor activities and the friendly down-to-earth nature of the average Aussie, it’s no wonder that many Aussie expats will return home to the land down under. Many of our Aussie expat clients and the wider community will often [...]

Busting FX Transfer Myths for Australian Expats in Singapore

As is often the case with many personal finance issues for Australian expats, there are many myths floating around when it comes to the implications of transferring funds back from Singapore to Australia. In this week’s article, we’re going to separate the fact from the fiction and outline what you actually need to pay attention [...]

Top Tips for the Expat Trailing Spouse

A relocation offer to Singapore or elsewhere for one partner can often be the greatest opportunity for them and a giant leap forward in their career, however can also mean a significant trade-off for the other, often known as the ‘trailing spouse’. The term ‘trailing spouse’ seems to imply that you are simply following your [...]

Aussie Expat End of Financial Year Checklist 2018

We’re now on the home stretch to the end of the Australian financial year so it’s important to ensure that you’ve not overlooked anything as an Australian expat and haven’t missed out on any opportunities available to you. I’ve put together my End of Financial Year Checklist for Australian expats in Singapore and across the [...]

Australian Budget 2018 – Aussie Expat Edition

The 2018 Australian Federal Budget has thankfully suggested that very little will change for Australian expats living and working across the globe. Treasurer Scott Morrison handed down the 2018-19 Budget on the 8th May and I have outlined the key changes below that may impact Australian expats. Tax Rate Changes The Government has introduced a [...]

Aussie Expat Guide to Repatriation

With our beautiful landscape, passion for sport and most outdoor activities and our ‘down-to-earth’ approach to most aspects of life, it’s no wonder that most Australian expats are either planning to work or retire back home. When it comes to returning home, it’s not as simple as simply packing your suitcase, booking the flights and [...]

Currency Risk – Don’t Ignore the Basics

Every day we’ll open the newspaper, or turn on Bloomberg to listen to market and investment risks being discussed. Whether it be political risks such as ‘trade war’ between the US and China, political instability in the Middle East or high levels of household debt in Australia, there is no shortage of risks to be [...]

Aussie Expat’s Guide to Buying Property in Singapore

It was 5 years ago that I decided to leave my home town of Perth and become an Aussie expat in the lion city of Singapore. As a home to many multinational firms, it’s a culturally diverse place and a popular settlement destination for many expats. One of the many facets that you quickly learn [...]

Australian Property Rule Changes for Aussie Expats

Given our particular affinity to Australian property, the latest update to the Main Residence Exemption may not come as welcome news to most Australian expats. Last year in the Australian Federal Budget, it was indicated that the main residence exemption was set to be removed for Australian expats. This was not positive news at the [...]